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Mes a new religion Islam and from the West the slave trade Segu follows the life of Dousika Traore the king’s most trusted advisor and his four sons whose fates embody the forces tearing at the fabric of the nation There is Tiekoro who renounces his people’s religion and embraces Islam; Siga who defends tradition but becomes a merchant; Naba who is k. I think this was the fourth time I ve read this book and I still think it is an amazing read It is one of the few novels I m aware of that shows us an African society from the inside and succeeds in making it believable Cond has obviously put in a lot of research into the history culture and customs of S gou and the result is a very good historical novel It s a book that will make the reader a lot aware of the fact that slave trade religious fanaticism and colonialism left their scars on many local cultures and have sown the seeds of many of the post colonial conflicts that still plague the continent On the other hand it also shows this part of the world as vibrant culturally rich and in some ways very resilient I must admit that I knew very little of Mali before I read this book for the first time many years ago and that may have been the type or reader Cond was aiming for It is a great introduction to a piece of Africa that does not show up in the history curriculum of the average western highschool student Since that is not likely to change anytime soon you should probably just go out and read this bookFlull Random Comments review Secretos del Cosmos is Tiekoro who renounces his people’s religion and embraces Islam; Siga who defends tradition but becomes a merchant; Naba who The Secret Treasons is k. I think this was the fourth time I ve read this book and I still think مريض الوهم it The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death is an amazing read It ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, is one of the few novels I m aware of that shows us an African society from the Doctor y campeón inside and succeeds La corruptrice in making Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves it believable Cond has obviously put The Purpose-Guided Universe in a lot of research The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion into the history culture and customs of S gou and the result The Academy is a very good historical novel It s a book that will make the reader a lot aware of the fact that slave trade religious fanaticism and colonialism left their scars on many local cultures and have sown the seeds of many of the post colonial conflicts that still plague the continent On the other hand Full Dark, No Stars it also shows this part of the world as vibrant culturally rich and If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, in some ways very resilient I must admit that I knew very little of Mali before I read this book for the first time many years ago and that may have been the type or reader Cond was aiming for It 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida is a great La ética de la crueldad introduction to a piece of Africa that does not show up 3052 in the history curriculum of the average western highschool student Since that Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories is not likely to change anytime soon you should probably just go out and read this bookFlull Random Comments review

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Ségou Les murailles de terre

Idnapped by slave traders; and Malobali who becomes a mercenary and halfhearted ChristianBased on actual events Segu transports the reader to a fascinating time in history capturing the earthy spirituality religious fervor and violent nature of a people and a growing nation trying to cope with jihads national rivalries racism amid the vagaries of commerc. 355As a work of historical fiction Segu is often tremendous Following one family over 70 years of history from the late 18th century to the mid 19th right at the beginning of European colonialism in inner Africa which ironically was partially driven by the official end of slavery but from the POV of a family who are intimately involved with the intra African politics of the time the power struggle between various kingdoms the spread of Islam and Christianity colonializing both minds and narratives long before the guns get there the attempts to adjust the old way of life to new situations All stuffed with endless details of what came before of history repeating of ideas evolving It s the sort of novel that should really come with a bibliography and footnotes not because I doubt her but because I want to learn I mentioned slavery right The novel keeps circling the concept not just in the sense of white Europeans sending black Africans in chains across the ocean and the emerging racism modern racism being a 19th century construct but in the slavery that was always there the subjugation of defeated tribes to victors the rise of new African kingdoms largely due to demand for slaves from white traders of women to men of wives to their husbands of children to their parents And all the various ways it s justified normalised treated as the Natural Order Of Things without the narrative calling it out In short the novel gets really uncomfortably rapey at times Cond doesn t condemn or condone just chronicles almost as if she wants to call it all a circle of submission without spelling it out for the reader the ideological virus of less than thou leading to one huge Stockholm Syndrome of n gritude That s part of what makes me hesitant to give this a higher grade the other part is simply that at 501 pages the novel sprawls uite a bit following a huge cast of characters to the point where she has to fast forward a bit too often to let the reader get to know them all and leaving us just before the shit really hits the fan It s a good novel it just doesn t grab me and yeah how dare I not be grabbed by human suffering right as often as I d like

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The year is 1797 and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors The people of Segu the Bambara are guided by their griots and priests; their lives are ruled by the elements But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun From the east co. Like the swift running river on whose banks the city of Segu sits the lives of the various men of the Traore family flow through the veins of Western Africa enslaved apostatised and awaken from both intellectual and spiritual slumbers Conde is able to depict via the Traore family the gradual yet constant dehumanisation of Africans via the wider forces of the world whether it the slave trade of the New World the colonial ambitions of Europe or the religious fervour of the Arabic world the description of Africa as a dark continent is something of a misnomer instead it becomes a blank canvas for the world to paint with its prejudices as Africans and their civilisations and cultures are daubed as barbarians and savages all in the name of greed and domination dressed up as a desire to civilise Africa Segu however doesn t shy away from depicting the prevalence of slavery within African society or of the dominance of violence and rape to subjugate women and it would be unfair to depict Segu as merely a narrow anti colonial or anti Western treatise instead it is a depiction of Western Africa during a tumultuous period when it was being pulled in a variety of directions by outside forces however the common theme in the novel is what it meant to be Black in a world in which it caused you to be constantly dehumanized whether it the prejudices experienced by Tiekoro by fellow Muslims or Babatunde by the English in London the common thread is that of subjugation of a people stripped of its names cultures traditions and religions in a world which value greed over compassion and money over lifeThe Traore are a powerful family in Segu ruled by the patriarch Dousika He has a large number of children and wives however the story mainly concentrates on the journeys of his sons his eldest Tiekoro and his brother Naba his bastard son borne of a slave Siga and his youngest Molobali Like leaves before a wind they are scattered from their home across the world to the lives and fates which await them Tiekoro converts to Islam however his supercilious air hides a deep sense of unhappiness and dissatisfaction not just with his conversion but the world around him Part of this is driven by his treatment by the Arab Muslims but it is mostly driven by his sense of entitlement and pride his spiritual ties to Islam are only superficial the adulation he receives for his sententious speeches on religion mask his emptiness In the end he dies a martyr in an act of self abnegation dressed up as sacrifice Contrast this to the initially humble and self effacing Siga who ends up as the head of the family and wallows in pride and self pity a bully whose ego swells up like his elephantine limbsNaba captured and enslaved is able to find solace in flowers and fellow slave Ayodele whereas Moloabli eventually atones for the horrific crimes he commits in somewhat coincidentally the arms of Ayodele Both however are executed due to misunderstandings their flames burnt out by a world which was against them from the start In addition to this appear a wide caste of richly developed female characters from the matriarchal Nya to the beautiful and couettish Ayisha however the common thread which runs through their lives is their complete lack of power and control reduced to concubinage their double subjugation on being both black and a woman and the expectation that they should accept whatever violence and rape they are subjected to Conde depicts the Africa in which Segu is set as somewhere which is at times both arid as the ochre dyed desert or beautiful as the green blue Atlantic ocean but a beauty which is bound by the cruelty of the slave trade which it creates or of the frenetic dizzy world of Fez or Segu Segu is a beautifully depicted and tragic story of a family over taken by the onset of modernity in an Africa which is on the cusp of losing its traditions and its history under the relentless machinery of modernisation


10 thoughts on “Ségou Les murailles de terre

  1. says:

    Like the swift running river on whose banks the city of Segu sits the lives of the various men of the Traore family flow through the veins of We

  2. says:

    I read this years ago before heading to live in Mali for several months I am thinking back on this intergenerational magical realist epic that paints history in broad and intimate familial strokes like Maruez's 100 Years of Solitude Segu tel

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    An 80s rape festThis is my book from Mali for my world books challenge and I looked forward to reading it because you don't find much historical fiction set in pre colonial Africa Too bad it reads like it was competing with the instigators of Gamergate for some maximum misogyny prizeSegu begins in 1797 in a flourishing city state of the same

  4. says:

    A fabulous novel about a Bambara family living in the kingdom of Segu from 1787 prominent in it's time however

  5. says:

    I think this was the fourth time I've read this book and I still think it is an amazing read It is one of the few novels I'm aware of that shows us an African society from the inside and succeeds in making it believable Condé has obviously put

  6. says:

    When I picked up Segu it was uite by accident This forum I contribute to the World Literature Forum has been trying to guess who would win this year's Nobel Prize since the middle of summer It is one of the conversations that year after year brings out dozens of contributors and hundreds of responses Conde's name popped up once or twice as ap

  7. says:

    355As a work of historical fiction Segu is often tremendous Following one family over 70 years of history from the late 18th century to the mid 19th right at the beginning of European colonialism in inner Africa which iron

  8. says:

    This is one of my all time favorite books Fiction excels at letting us feel history None does it better than Segu From comThe year is 1797 and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors

  9. says:

    Bailed after three chapters once I realized these characters had all the depth and nuance of a fricking comic book

  10. says:

    This was another great book I would probably never have noticed if it hadn’t been for bookcrossing And what a

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